Portraits de Villes

Four artists' photographic visions of Moscow, NYC, Beijing and Sarajevo

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The upcoming exhibition “Portraits de Villes,” at Paris’ Galerie Philippe Chaume, features the photographic city narratives from the pages of Be-Pôles’ petite travel notebooks.


The show celebrates the launch of the third series of City Portraits by Parisian studio Be-Pôles, this year adding Moscow, NYC, Beijing and Sarajevo to the collection. Shot by contemporary fashion photographers Harry Gruyaert and Steve Hiett, Paris-based artist Artus de Lavilléon, and former Swedish fashion model Lina Scheynius respectively, the notebooks reflect the perspectives of a carefully selected group on the cities they discovered.

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Originally created for the brand’s own pleasure, Be-Pôles artistic director Clémentine Larroumet explains the City Portraits are “nothing more than the intuitive path of an artist in the city.”


Portraits de Villes runs from 26 March to 15 May 2010. City Portraits sell from online as well as in Opening Ceremony stores around the U.S. and at other select locations.